MILWAUKEE, WI — ASQ presented its Honorary Member, Distinguished Service Medals and 11 other Society Medals on May 3 in Nashville, Tenn., prior to its annual World Conference on Quality and Improvement.medal

ASQ recognizes recipients for their innovative contributions and achievements in quality. Winners’ exemplary achievements are representative of the ideas and tools that make our world work better.

The Grant Medal was presented to Jimmy L. Smith, Caterpillar Inc., Peoria, Ill., and frequent columnist and contributor to Quality, for significant results in an educational program for ASQ certification training spanning 30 years, involving more than 8,000 students in more than 100 companies with a first-time certification exam pass rate of 83 percent and an overall exam pass rate of 96 percent.

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